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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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One of  the major highlight of all the visits to Uganda is Gorilla tracking, the endangered Gorillas inhabit the Virunga Conservation area and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla Trekking  is one of the most sought out adventures as you enjoy a close up with these gentle giants in Uganda.

This rare wildlife experience involves hikes within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in search for the endangered mountain gorillas.

Gorilla tracking experience is challenging as you may have to hike in search of these rare primates in the jungle in some areas.Gorilla tracking may last from 1hr to 8hrs depending where the gorillas nested the night before,you are allowed an hour with the gorillas after you get to their location.

Gorillas live in families of around 10 individuals though just like humans the number keeps varying in accordance to births, deaths and when the black backs decide to leave the group to form their own.

A gorilla family is led by the most powerful silverback with the rest of the group comprising females and younger males. The silverback makes important decisions for the group and protects them from danger.

While Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you stand a chance of encountering other wildlife since the forest contains many other animals including 90 species of mammals,10 primate species such as the black and white colobus monkeys, green monkeys, Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys, and duiker.

What to carry on your Gorilla tracking adventure

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is unforgettable amazing experience that you will last in your memory for a life. Below is a list of the things you may need on your adventure in the jungle.

  • A walking stick for the steep terrain
  • Jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes.
  • Rain gear since it is a rain-forest and rain may come down anytime
  • Insect repellent for protection from the jungle bugs.
  • Long Sleeve shirts and trousers

Gorilla trekking Rules and etiquette

There are several rules and regulations that guide the gorilla trekking adventure and they are aimed at protecting the endangered mountain gorillas as well as streamlining gorilla tourism and sustainable.

  • Keep distance of minimum 5 meters from the gorillas while in their presence.
  • Do not eat or drink near the gorillas.
  • Flash photography is not permitted.
  • In case of an emergency toilet, dig a hole of 30cm and fill it up after use.
  • Don’t drop litter in the park.
  • No smoking near the gorillas.
  • If you must sneeze or cough, cover your face and turn away from the gorillas and if you have a cold or an infectious disease, do not visit the gorillas.
  • Children below the age of 15 years old are not allowed..
  • Do not look at the gorillas directly into the eyes.

Gorilla trekking is an amazing adventure which can be done in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gorilla Trekking is one of the main tourism attractions in Uganda which can be supplemented with wildlife safaris and or birding safaris